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Creating Christianity – Writings of the Church Fathers and the First Ecumenical Councils

This course is a sequel to last year’s popular course on the making of the Christian canon in the second century and on the writings that did not make the cut. In this course, we examine the controversies of the 3rd, 4th and 5th centuries which led to the creation of the Christian church and the definition of orthodox Christianity in the historic creeds. With readings and discussion of the writings of the church fathers and so-called ‘heretical’ texts. SUGGESTED READING Henry... [More]

Hands-On Night Sky

How do you identify planets, stars and constellations? With the help of a yearly sky guide, in this practical course you will learn how to find your way around the night sky. Choosing and using your own telescope will also be discussed. Sydney Observatory’s telescopes and other resources will be used to reveal the basics of astronomy. No prior knowledge required for this course. Please bring a small torch with you. COURSE OUTLINE Meeting 1: What’s up in the sky? Lecturer: Melissa... [More]

Understanding and Interpreting Probabilities and Statistics

Statistics and Probabilities are everywhere; from political polls, weather reports and the latest health trends; to academic research and product packaging. But can these figures always be trusted and what should we think about when presented with such information? Here we develop the tools needed to understand, interpret and critique the range of statistical information found in everyday life, special consideration is made to providing in depth and interesting real-world examples... [More]
$185 Limited inc GST / $167
Understanding and Interpreting Probabilities and Statistics

<p>Statistics and Probabilities are everywhere; from political polls, weather reports and the latest health trends; to academic research and product packaging. But can these figures always be trusted

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Thinking Dangerously Part 2: Nietzsche to Peter Singer

Who are philosophy’s most dangerous thinkers and why are they so scary? Nietzsche believed that morality should be discarded. Karl Marx advocated a dictatorship of the proletariat. Ayn Rand believed selfishness was a virtue. Judy Jarvis Thompson believed that the value of life was redundant to questions of personal freedom, arguing an unusual pro-choice view of abortion. This course provides an overview of the history of Western philosophical thought and seeks to place women back... [More]
$158 Limited inc GST / $142
Thinking Dangerously Part 2: Nietzsche to Peter Singer

<p>Who are philosophy’s most dangerous thinkers and why are they so scary? Nietzsche believed that morality should be discarded. Karl Marx advocated a dictatorship of the proletariat. Ayn Rand

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The Legacy of Helmut Kohl

87-year-old former German Chancellor Dr. Helmut Kohl passed away on 16 June 2017. Hailed as the father of German reunification and modern European Union, EU Commission President Juncker suggested an unprecedented European state funeral in Strasbourg. Does Kohl’s legacy deserve such an honour? This course will look at his life and political career as State Premier, federal opposition leader and Chancellor and its consequences for Germany, Europe and the world. [More]
$30 Limited inc GST
The Legacy of Helmut Kohl

87-year-old former German Chancellor Dr. Helmut Kohl passed away on 16 June 2017. Hailed as the father of German reunification and modern European Union, EU Commission President Juncker suggested an

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Ancient Malta

The islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino lie almost equidistant from Europe and Africa, and have been central to strategic Mediterranean trade and colonisation routes for millennia. Human occupation of these islands dates to the Neolithic period, when massive stone-age structures were erected predating the Egyptian pyramids. Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans, later imposed their cultures on Malta, eventually followed by saints, knights and warriors over the centuries. This course will... [More]
$104 Limited inc GST / $94
Ancient Malta

<p>The islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino lie almost equidistant from Europe and Africa, and have been central to strategic Mediterranean trade and colonisation routes for millennia. Human occupation

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A Morning in Pompeii - Roman Life Exposed

The Roman provincial town of Pompeii (to the south of Naples) was destroyed in the great eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD. The inhabitants' disaster has proved the modern archaeologist’s and historian’s paradise, however, as the town smothered by volcanic material has presented a vivid cross-section of Roman social and religious life, art and architecture. Come and enter the world of the 1st century AD, and investigate in this fully illustrated session the astounding variety of... [More]
$86 Limited inc GST / $77
A Morning in Pompeii - Roman Life Exposed

<p>The Roman provincial town of Pompeii (to the south of Naples) was destroyed in the great eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD. The inhabitants' disaster has proved the modern archaeologist’s and

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The Eighteenth Century Enlightenment: Liberty, Autonomy, Secularism

We will begin our journey into the eighteenth century through the bitingly satirical world of Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels; written against the backdrop of the industrial revolution and growing political turmoil. Kant responds to the Modern challenge with a theory of the autonomous human subject who is confident in judgement and sceptical of orthodoxies, but not politically rebellious; Hegel believes that bureaucracy will free humans from the servitude of the personal; and... [More]
$260 Limited inc GST / $234
The Eighteenth Century Enlightenment: Liberty, Autonomy, Secularism

<p>We will begin our journey into the eighteenth century through the bitingly satirical world of Swift’s <em>Gulliver’s Travels</em>; written against the backdrop of the industrial revolution and

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